October 29th, 2008
07:57 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin's future causes GOP rift

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/29/palin.gop/art.palin.jpg caption=" Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday."]
(CNN) - Election Day is still days away, but Republicans are already caught up in a heated debate about Sarah Palin's future role in the party should the GOP ticket fail to win the White House.

In one corner are some conservatives who believe the Alaska governor has been a detriment to John McCain's presidential bid and threatens to lead the party astray for the foreseeable future.

Another faction says Palin's core-conservative beliefs, demonstrated political acumen, and compelling frontier biography position her to reshape the face of a party now viewed by many voters as out of touch.

It's a debate,somewhat ugly at times, that is beginning to play out in public view as Republicans brace themselves for the possibility of losing the White House and a significant number of seats in Congress come Election Day. And that may leave the party in shambles with drastically reduced influence in Washington.

Should that happen, political observers say, the party will face its biggest identity crisis in more than a generation, and Palin may well be caught squarely in the middle of it.

"A civil war that is simmering will break out into the open if McCain loses, and the party will have to decide what they want to be in the post-Reagan world," said Gloria Borger, a senior political analyst for CNN.

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Simmy

    She'd make a great Bounty Hunter- She's got the nastiness to pull it off!

    October 29, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Wayne, Greenville TX

    As more and more facts are learned about Sarah Palin, she will fade into political obscurity – much like Dan Quayle thankfully did.

    October 29, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Elizabeth

    What? Even high ranking republicans are jumping the GOP ship
    because of Palin. And the base? Those hate filled people are the only
    ones left to support the Palin delusion. Palin needs to go somewhere
    and educate herself first before she attempts to lead a diverse country.
    She may be qualified to lead hate rallies, but not America.

    October 29, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. CM in AR

    I agree with Gloria Borger and I think you can thank GW Bush for the self destruction of the GOP. Conservative is one thing, Palin is so far right she is about to fall of the edge! Ask the rest of the world what they think of right wing christians. They will tell you they are VERY SCARY people.

    The GOP desperately needs to reinvent itself, and Sarah Palin is not the way to go!!

    October 29, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. lezlove

    I am so sick of watching Palin-Mccain it 's has been all about her which is a true disgrace, I happen to walk in one of the rally she attended near by just to see for myself and I tell ya , I began to feel fearful of my life , the people are just not living in the real world the conversation that I overheard was unheard of, sad just plain sad and I said Palin- Mccain because that just what it is ,If I didn't know no better I would think she was the top of the ticket,

    October 29, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. 08 Voter

    Why are Democrats so critical of Palin? Last time I checked, she's not Obama's VP. Do you feel threatened and need to sway McCain's supporters? If that's the case, most of the negative comments are tactics to deal with the Dems uncertainty.

    October 29, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. leyla

    what is wrong with her? this is a clear victory for obama/biden..I Am a republican proudly voting for obama..he might not have as much experience but he has no ideas..not the same ideas that failedus and humilated us in front of our enemies!! whoever is undecided til now..shouldnt even vote bcuz simply you are mentally slow...and cannotmake important decisions..LEADERS FOR OBAMA, FOLLOWERS FOR MCCAIN IAM A LEADER!

    October 29, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Missy in Kentucky

    This lady is by no means qualified to be a United States vice president, and there are Republicans who obviously are realistic about that fact. I don't blame some of the conservatives for becoming angry. She represents their party, and it's a sad representation.

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Joe the Troll

    "The party of Reagan cannot be led by Palin."

    The Party of Lincoln couldn't be led by either of them.

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Raffaello in CT

    If Republicans are looking for a post-Reagan identity, they might want to start out by remembering that government should uphold the constitution and tell the truth. Ms. Palin, do you think you can handle that?

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Jeb Bush, by far the more intelligent son will be the future of the GOP.

    Calling Jeb Bush the "more intelligent son" is like saying one pile of manure smells better than another pile of manure. It's still manure....

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Jonathan

    Where would she be right now if John McCain did not pick her and make her THE ONE?

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Why all the hatred and venom from the liberals? That's all I see from the left! Palin is a REAL woman that is in touch with mainstream America, unlike most of the left-wing liberal women (like Pelosi) we are accustomed to hearing from. God save us from an unencumbered Pelosi-Read regime. Fellow conservatives, get out and vote! We may not be able to vote more than once like our opponents, but we still can vote! Save America! There is still hope we can stop The One.

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. HouseDiva

    abuse of power...lieing...hypocrisy...race baiting...cover ups....nastiness..warmongering...greed

    yeah...she has a great future with the GOP

    October 29, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Frank G

    Yeah, maybe we will see SarahThe MooseHunter/JoeThePlumber in 2012.
    It's amazing, the potential disintegration of one of our two major political parties.
    Shows what little thinking a portion of the American public does.
    We may, for the first time in a long time. have a third political party by 2012 ,consisting of neocons/et al if the "Palin" wing takes off within the Republican Party.
    Simultaneously, we use to recognize the "power of the press".
    I guess it is now the "power of the media".

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. ANGIE

    Where are Palins Medical Records?

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. ines

    Palin was a failed pick for any major office from the get go. Her appeal is limited to an extreme right portion of the GOP that is disappearing. Her crediblity is not even as high as Dan Quayle's was. She is an international joke. Palin has 'Failure' written all over her.

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. TJ

    Palin will never release her medical records, because if she does, the whole world will know the child she shamelessly brings on stage with her time after timeis her GRANDSON, not her son.

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Dianne

    Sarah showed early in the campaign that she had her own agenda, in spite of the fact that she was chosen to run as McCain's VICE President. Shouldn't surprise anyone that she has her own agenda. That seems to be her MO as you watch how she handled things in Alaska. Just because her role changed doesn't mean her attitude/character changed. Watch out McCain; she might FIRE you!!
    My biggest concern regarding her is how she plans to lead a nation with so many needs within her own family. There is much truth in the saying that "the greatest work one will ever do is within the walls of his/her own home." If we don't instruct/lead our children, then we leave it up to those whose opinions/morals we do not adhere to.

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. ERNIE HUGHES, JR.

    Palin is not ready to be commander and Chief, this
    would be a different race if Old Mcain had just
    picked Mitt Romney for VP then people would
    trust him on the economy, can we switch at this
    point! NO! Palin is the downfall of this Ticket!

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. GlenR

    If the GOP wants to reduce itself to a Evangelical Christian political party than by all means wave Palin around like a flag. Independents will continue to turn their backs and they'll never hold national office again.

    October 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Nik

    I'm sick of the media driving home the idea that this race is over. Why are we discussing Palin's future role in the repubican party. She just maybe our next VP. Until all votes are cast and counted, this race is far from over.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 29, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. joeb

    I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in all of my 63 years. This year I will! Send this feather-brained nitwit back to Alaska. The Republican party has lost my vote this year because of the dread of having this person "just a heartbeat away" from the Presidency.

    October 29, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. jaye

    The Republicans, and Fox News, have spent months scurring around saying that Palin is qualified to lead this country and the world....they are wrong. And the more they try to convince us that Palin is a qualified candidate the more I realize just how dangerous our country has become.
    That anyone would put our country at stake by voting for these republicans is beyond belief....and that the real media pushes the republican agenda because they're too scared to stand up for our nation is one of the greatest injustices our country has faced since the McCarthy era.
    I expected more from CNN, and am sad to say they failed our country miserably.

    October 29, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. David, Silver Spring, MD

    This "buzz" is all part of efforts within the Republican party to prop up Sarah Palin. Truth is, by Thanksgiving she'll be yesterday's news.

    If the Republicans try to push Palin in 2012, they have much more serious problems than we realize.

    October 29, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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